The only thing I can say about my friends with pets, and myself for that matter, is that we love animals. Maybe not as much as we love our own animals, but as a rule, we all love animals. The other thing I can say about my animal loving friends is that we love to party. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could combine our love of animals and parties? Well, I have great news. There are 3 upcoming events that do just that and the first is tonight.

Help kittens and cats to Mid Hudson Animal Aid, a sanctuary for free-range cats in Beacon during the 9th annual Catoberfest tonight from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Hudson Valley Brewery, 7 East Main Street in Beacon. Enjoy the fall feline celebration of food, refreshments and music held outdoors in a friendly social distancing space. Catoberfest will take place rain or shine.

Hudson Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Poughkeepsie will be holding its 4th Annual Fall Festival / Fundraiser this Sunday, September 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 9 Barnes Drive in Poughkeepsie. There will be activities for the whole family including arts and crafts, games, a pumpkin patch, bouncy houses, farm animals, an open house, lots of vendors and more. There will also be adoptable animals, but no same-day adoption.

And finally, mark your calendar for Wednesday, September 29 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the Gimme Shelter fundraiser at Red Onion for the Saugerties animal shelter. You will enjoy an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and music at the Red Onion Restaurant at 1654 Route 212 in Saugerties. Tickets are only $ 50 and all proceeds will go to the new Saugerties Animal Shelter.

So if you and me are like my friends you love to help animals and you love to party. Isn’t it great to be able to do both at the same time?

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